Meet Commissioner Husom
I’m a lifelong resident of Wright County – by birth and by choice. My husband Dan is an orthotist and pedorthist and fabricates custom orthotics for veterans through the VA. We’ve been married 47 years and have four adult children and seven grandchildren who all live in Wright County. We’re blessed to have them all over for Sunday dinners as often as possible.
My parents taught me the importance of commitment and service by their example. Since my teens, I’ve been part of many organizations, volunteered at church, civic and political organizations and served on several committees.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Management and Communication from Concordia University and a Law Enforcement Certificate from Metropolitan State University. I’ve had a wide range of careers over the last 50 years. I served as a Mental Health Practitioner, working with the mentally ill, chemically dependent and chronically homeless adults in St. Paul, as well as the Wright County Sheriff’s Office – both as a corrections officer and deputy sheriff. I’m co-owner of Buffalo Orthotics and Prosthetics and author The Winnebago County Mysteries and The Snow Globe Shop Mysteries.
Over the years, I was encouraged to run for public office and came close to running a couple of times. When the District 1 commissioner seat opened in 2011, I believed it was the right time and the right position to seek. Thankfully, I was elected. Serving the people of Wright County to the best of my abilities is my top priority as commissioner. Making sound decisions after gathering information, consulting others, getting input from constituents and researching issues is key. Scores of county residents have sought my help with problems and issues. I’m prompt with my responses and work diligently on their behalf.
For me, the rewards of being a county commissioner come from service to others and bringing projects to fruition. Under the board’s direction, the county has made great strides the last few years, from continuing improvements in the IT Department to transparency with the county board and live streaming meetings to a comprehensive Compensation and Classification Study for our employees.
Wright County continues to be one of the fastest growing counties in the state. The county board strives to effectively manage that growth by maintaining our roads and other infrastructure, ensuring public safety, encouraging economic development and providing user-friendly spaces for our residents and staff who access and deliver county services. I could not have predicted the number of building projects we would undertake in six short years. Like many residents (and most employees), I knew the need was there and the current favorable economic climate provided an opportune time to move forward. But, even after exhaustively exploring options, alternatives and solutions, it still takes vision and faith to act on large projects.
Working with people of all ages, aptitudes and backgrounds in my careers and volunteer service has given me valuable educational experience and a broad perspective. I’ve developed strong leadership, organizational and interpersonal communication skills. I enjoy finding solutions to problems and resolving issues. I maintain high standards, have conservative values, strive to make judicious decisions and act with professionalism and discretion.